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Sunday, December 04, 2022

Amber Heard requests retrial, claiming wrong juror sat on jury

Amber Heard is seeking a new trial against actor Johnny Depp, her ex-husband, a month after a Virginia jury ruled in his favor in a libel suit.

Heard’s legal team, in a lawsuit on Friday, claims that a person who appeared on the jury was not the person summoned to jury duty, Deadline reported.

A judge ordered Heard to pay Depp about $10 million in damages following a 2018 op-ed in which the actress referred to herself as a victim of domestic abuse but did not name her abuser.

She received $2 million in compensatory damages.

Heard’s legal team wrote that “Juror #15,” listed as a 77-year-old male on the jury list, is registered to vote at the same address as a 52-year-old male of the same name, according to the document. .

“The individual who appeared on the jury with that name was obviously the youngest,” the legal team wrote.

“So the 52-year-old man… sitting on the jury for six weeks was never called to serve as a juror on April 11 and did not ‘appear on the list’.”

The legal team detailed how jurors in trials are required to verify their identity before court service.

Jurors are also asked to verify their identity on a Fairfax County Juror Questionnaire page, a questionnaire that asks jurors to log in with their date of birth, the team said.

“These safeguards are in place and are used by the parties to verify the identity of the correct juror, to ensure due process and a fair trial for all litigants,” the legal team wrote.

“When these safeguards are circumvented or not followed, as appears to be the case here, the right to a jury trial and due process is undermined and compromised.”

HuffPost reached out to Heard and Depp’s legal teams about the request on Friday.

The request comes after a representative for Heard said he plans to appeal the multimillion-dollar lawsuit verdict in June.

Heard, in an interview with NBC News last month, said he fears future libel suits for speaking out about his relationship with Depp.

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